The First Person Singular

The First Person Singular
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Author: Alphonso Lingis
Pages: 145
ISBN: 9780810124134
Release: 2007-07-11
Editor: Northwestern University Press

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Alphonso Lingis’s singular works of philosophy are not so much written as performed, and in The First Person Singular the performance is characteristically brilliant, a consummate act of philosophical reckoning. Lingis’s subject here, aptly enough, is the subject itself, understood not as consciousness but as embodied, impassioned, active being. His book is, at the same time, an elegant cultural analysis of how subjectivity is differently and collectively understood, invested, and situated. The subject Lingis elaborates in detail is the passionate subject of fantasy, of obsessive commitment, of noble actions, the subject enacting itself through an engagement with others, including animals and natural forces. This is not the linguistic or literary subject posited by structuralism and post-structuralism, nor the rational consciousness posited by post-Enlightenment philosophy. It is rather a being embodied in both a passionate, intensifying activity and a cultural collective made up of embodied others as well as the social rituals and practices that comprise this first person singular.

Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular

Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular
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Author: William Somerset Maugham
Pages: 299
ISBN: UCAL:$B106205
Release: 1931
Editor: Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Doran 1931.

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First Person Singular II

First Person Singular II
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Author: E. F. K. Koerner
Pages: 303
ISBN: 9789027245489
Release: 1991-01-01
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This sequel to First Person Singular (1980) presents autobiographical sketches of 15 eminent scholars in the language sciences. These personal reminiscences on their careers in linguistics reflect developments in the field over the past decades and shed light on the role each of them played and the influences they underwent. This book is a valuable source for scholars of the history of ideas in general and for historiographers of linguistics in particular, while it makes interesting reading for every linguist interested in the history of the discipline. The volume includes photographs of all contributors and is completed by an index of names and an index of subjects and languages.

Second Person Singular

Second Person Singular
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Author: Sayed Kashua
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780802194640
Release: 2012-04-03
Editor: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

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"Part comedy of manners, part psychological mystery . . . Issues of nationalism, religion, and passing collide with quickly changing social and sexual mores." —Boston Globe From one of the most important contemporary voices to emerge from the Middle East comes a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice, which asks whether it is possible to truly reinvent ourselves, to shed our old skin and start anew. Second Person Singular follows two men, a successful Arab criminal attorney and a social worker-turned-artist, whose lives intersect under the most curious of circumstances. The lawyer has a thriving practice in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, a large house, a Mercedes, speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, and is in love with his wife and two young children. In an effort to uphold his image as a sophisticated Israeli Arab, he often makes weekly visits to a local bookstore to pick up popular novels. On one fateful evening, he decides to buy a used copy of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata, a book his wife once recommended. To his surprise, inside he finds a small white note, a love letter, in Arabic, in her handwriting. I waited for you, but you didn't come. I hope everything's all right. I wanted to thank you for last night. It was wonderful. Call me tomorrow? Consumed with suspicion and jealousy, the lawyer slips into a blind rage over the presumed betrayal. He first considers murder, revenge, then divorce, but when the initial sting of humiliation and hurt dissipates, he decides to hunt for the book's previous owner—a man named Yonatan, a man who is not easy to track down, whose identity is more complex than imagined, and whose life is more closely aligned with his own than expected. In the process of dredging up old ghosts and secrets, the lawyer tears the string that holds all of their lives together. A Palestinian who writes in Hebrew, Sayed Kashua defies classification and breaks through cultural barriers. He communicates, with enormous emotional power and a keen sense of the absurd, the particular alienation and the psychic costs of people struggling to straddle two worlds. Second Person Singular is a deliciously complex psychological mystery and a searing dissection of the individuals that comprise a divided society.

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
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Author: Haruki Murakami
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780385696159
Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: Bond Street Books

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A riveting new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Haruki Murakami. The eight masterful stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator, a lonely man. Some of them (like "With the Beatles," "Cream" and "On a Stone Pillow") are nostalgic looks back at youth. Others are set in adulthood--"Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova," "Carnaval," "Confessions of a Shinagawa Monkey" and the title story, "First Person Singular." Occasionally, a narrator who may or may not be Haruki himself is present, as in "The Yakult Swallows Poetry Collection." Is it memoir or fiction? The reader decides. The stories touch beautifully on love and loss, childhood and death . . . all with a signature Murakami twist.

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
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Author: Joyce Carol Oates,Professor of Humanities Joyce Carol Oates,Ontario Review Press
Pages: 280
ISBN: UOM:39015010819988
Release: 1983
Editor: Persea Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Nearly thirty top writers from Canada and the United States discuss their influences, goals, and opinions about the purpose and skills of writing

The Strange Library

The Strange Library
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Author: Haruki Murakami
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780385683159
Release: 2014-12-02
Editor: Bond Street Books

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Fully illustrated and beautifully designed, this is a unique and wonderfully creepy tale that is sure to delight Murakami fans. "All I did was go to the library to borrow some books." On his way home from school, the young narrator of The Strange Library finds himself wondering how taxes were collected in the Ottoman Empire. He pops into the local library to see if it has a book on the subject. This is his first mistake. Led to a special 'reading room' in a maze under the library by a strange old man, he finds himself imprisoned with only a sheep man, who makes excellent donuts, and a girl, who can talk with her hands, for company. His mother will be worrying why he hasn't returned in time for dinner and the old man seems to have an appetite for eating small boy's brains. How will he escape?

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
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Author: Yvon Cormier
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9781525570070
Release: 2020-09-29
Editor: FriesenPress

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There is no soul that lives on past the death of the body, no reincarnation, no life after death. Most religions today are outdated, and their teachings can no longer be logically sustained. Fear of death and what is to become of us after we die has motivated humans to create stories and belief systems that do not stand up to rational argument. The universe is eternal, but a single human’s place in it is not. First Person Singular replaces the need to believe in a God that can be explained into nonexistence. This novel perspective has been crafted to help us confront the reality of our mortality. The First Person Singular—“I”—will always exist. By examining issues of religion, history, biology, astrophysics, and philosophy, the author explains how religions cannot be defended as offering a promise of eternal life or reincarnation. Human lives, however remarkable, are but trivial in the scope of evolution and the universe. First Person Singular offers assurance that “I” will live as long as the last human being is alive on Earth.

White Tears

White Tears
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Author: Hari Kunzru
Pages: 271
ISBN: 9781101973219
Release: 2018
Editor: Vintage

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Two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues-record collecting while navigating the fallout of a scam involving one's claim that a viral video of an unknown singer is a long-lost recording of a famous blues musician.

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
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Author: Carl Schalk
Pages: 95
ISBN: 0944529291
Release: 1998-01-01
Editor: Morningstar Music Publishers

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First Person Singular

First Person  Singular
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Author: Vida Demas
Pages: 219
ISBN: UOM:39015008161799
Release: 1975
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Pam, a loner, experiences the agonies as well as the joys of adolescence, and gradually becomes aware of herself as a person.

Stone Mattress

Stone Mattress
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Author: Margaret Atwood
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780771006821
Release: 2014-09-09
Editor: McClelland & Stewart

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In Margaret Atwood's stunning new collection of stories, her first since her #1 nationally bestselling 2006 collection, Moral Disorder, she returns to the here and now in this brilliant, new collection of stories. In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood's signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance. In "Freeze-Dried Bridegroom," a man who bids on a storage locker has a surprise. In "Lusus Naturae," a woman with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. In "I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth," we remeet Tony, Charis, and Roz from The Robber Bride, but, years later, as their nemesis is seen in an unexpected form. In "Torching the Dusties," an elderly lady with Charles Bonnet's syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. In "Stone Mattress," a long-ago crime is revenged in the Arctic. This is classic Margaret Atwood, and she is at the very top of her form.

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami

Who We re Reading When We re Reading Murakami
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Author: David Karashima
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781593765903
Release: 2020-09-01
Editor: Catapult

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? A "fascinating" look at the "business of bringing a best-selling novelist to a global audience" (The Atlantic)―and a “rigorous” exploration of the role of translators and editors in the creation of literary culture (The Paris Review). Thirty years ago, when Haruki Murakami’s works were first being translated, they were part of a series of pocket-size English-learning guides released only in Japan. Today his books can be read in fifty languages and have won prizes and sold millions of copies globally. How did a loner destined for a niche domestic audience become one of the most famous writers alive? This book tells one key part of the story. Its cast includes an expat trained in art history who never intended to become a translator; a Chinese American ex-academic who never planned to work as an editor; and other publishing professionals in New York, London, and Tokyo who together introduced a pop-inflected, unexpected Japanese voice to the wider literary world. David Karashima synthesizes research, correspondence, and interviews with dozens of individuals—including Murakami himself—to examine how countless behind-the-scenes choices over the course of many years worked to build an internationally celebrated author’s persona and oeuvre. His careful look inside the making of the “Murakami Industry" uncovers larger questions: What role do translators and editors play in framing their writers’ texts? What does it mean to translate and edit “for a market”? How does Japanese culture get packaged and exported for the West?

Third Person Singular

Third Person Singular
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Author: K. J. Erickson
Pages: 336
ISBN: 1429973625
Release: 2010-04-01
Editor: Minotaur Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Set against the black backdrop of a ruthless Minnesota winter, KJ Erickson's debut novel is bursting with masterfully plotted suspense and intricately rendered characters. Prickly but gifted Minneapolis Special Detective Marshall "Mars" Bahr is a man whose devotion to his eight-year-old son is eclipsed only by his love of the hunt. Mars hasn't won any popularity contests among his fellow officers, but his commitment to his job and his investigative talents have gotten him a plumb assignment: Special Detective in charge of the First Response Unit, reporting directly to the chief. On a winter morning, when Mars is called to the scene of a homicide near the outskirts of town, his first thought is that a homeless drunk passed out in the wrong place on a freezing cold night. What he finds turns out to be much more menacing, a nightmare case involving a teenage girl from the right side of the tracks. With few clues and increasing pressure from the mayor on down to apprehend the killer, Mars is forced to turn away from the details of the crime on the bluffs and instead focus on the victim herself. Mary Pat Fitzgerald seemed to have a storybook lifestyle, at least from the outside. With a little digging, however, it becomes clear that appearances can be deceiving. Mars and his partner, Nettie Frisch, turn up some provocative clues in the search to uncover the truth about the young woman's lonely death-- but can they trust them? Third Person Singular is a multilayered screamer of a debut that will have readers breathlessly awaiting KJ Erickson's next effort.

First Person Singular III

First Person Singular III
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Author: E. F. K. Koerner
Pages: 267
ISBN: 9789027245762
Release: 1998-01-01
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This sequel to the First Person Singular volumes published in 1980 and 1991, respectively (SiHoLS 21 and 61) presents autobiographical accounts by major North American linguists. This material provides an important primary source for the history and development of the discipline during the 20th century. The volume includes photographs of all contributors and is completed by a full index of biographical names and a detailed index of subjects and languages which turn it into a useful research tool.

First Person Singular

First Person Singular
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Author: Stuart Hirschberg,Terry Hirschberg
Pages: 456
ISBN: STANFORD:36105111521279
Release: 1996-12
Editor: Allyn & Bacon

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book introduces readers to the major traditions in autobiography and biography, illustrates how writers transform personal experience for different audiences, and explores the relationship between the writer's voice and stylistic features that express the writer's attitude towards his or her personal experience. The book guides readers in developing their reading and writing skills, introducing them to various techniques writers use to interpret experience. Chapters are organized according to themes that have traditionally elicited compelling autobiographical narratives, and include accounts of personal growth, nature writing, and narratives of religious and philosophical exploration. The book presents many different kinds of writing including diaries, journals, letters, biographies, memoirs, and expressive essays. This book is rich in a variety of perspectives by African-American, Native-American, Asian-American and Hispanic writers and offers cross-cultural and regional narratives as well as a core of selections by classic authors. Almost half of the fifty-nine selections are by women.

First Person Singular II

First Person Singular II
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Author: E. F. K. Koerner
Pages: 303
ISBN: 1556193564
Release: 1991
Editor: John Benjamins Publishing Company

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This sequel to First Person Singular (1980) presents autobiographical sketches of 15 eminent scholars in the language sciences. These personal reminiscences on their careers in linguistics reflect developments in the field over the past decades and shed light on the role each of them played and the influences they underwent. This book is a valuable source for scholars of the history of ideas in general and for historiographers of linguistics in particular, while it makes interesting reading for every linguist interested in the history of the discipline. The volume includes photographs of all contributors and is completed by an index of names and an index of subjects and languages.

How to Pronounce Knife

How to Pronounce Knife
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Author: Souvankham Thammavongsa
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780771094613
Release: 2020-04-07
Editor: McClelland & Stewart

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WINNER OF THE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE FINALIST FOR THE 2021 NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER Named one of Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2020 and one of the best books of the month by The New York Times, Salon, Vanity Fair, Bustle, The Millions, and Vogue, and featuring stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, this revelatory book of fiction from O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa establishes her as an essential new voice in Canadian and world literature. Told with compassion and wry humour, these stories honour characters struggling to find their bearings far from home, even as they do the necessary "grunt work of the world." A young man painting nails at the local salon. A woman plucking feathers at a chicken processing plant. A father who packs furniture to move into homes he'll never afford. A housewife learning English from daytime soap operas. In her stunning debut book of fiction, O. Henry Award winner Souvankham Thammavongsa focuses on characters struggling to make a living, illuminating their hopes, disappointments, love affairs, acts of defiance, and above all their pursuit of a place to belong. In spare, intimate prose charged with emotional power and a sly wit, she paints an indelible portrait of watchful children, wounded men, and restless women caught between cultures, languages, and values. As one of Thammavongsa's characters says, "All we wanted was to live." And in these stories, they do--brightly, ferociously, unforgettably. A daughter becomes an unwilling accomplice in her mother's growing infatuation with country singer Randy Travis. A boxer finds an unexpected chance at redemption while working at his sister's nail salon. An older woman finds her assumptions about the limits of love unravelling when she begins a relationship with her much younger neighbour. A school bus driver must grapple with how much he's willing to give up in order to belong. And in the Commonwealth Short Story Prize-shortlisted title story, a young girl's unconditional love for her father transcends language. Unsentimental yet tender, and fiercely alive, How to Pronounce Knife announces Souvankham Thammavongsa as one of the most striking voices of her generation.

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl
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Author: Haruki Murakami
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9781473563810
Release: 2019-01-24
Editor: Random House

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She waited on tables as usual that day, her twentieth birthday. She always worked Fridays, but if things had gone according to plan on that particular Friday, she would have had the night off. One rainy Tokyo night, a waitress’s uneventful twentieth birthday takes a strange and fateful turn when she’s asked to deliver dinner to the restaurant’s reclusive owner. Birthday Girl is a beguiling, exquisitely satisfying taste of master storytelling, published to celebrate Murakami’s 70th birthday.

I The Meaning of the First Person Term

I  The Meaning of the First Person Term
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Author: Maximilian de Gaynesford
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9780199287826
Release: 2006-03-02
Editor: Oxford University Press on Demand

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

I is perhaps the most important and the least understood of our everyday expressions. This is a constant source of philosophical confusion. Max de Gaynesford offers a remedy: he explains what this expression means, its logical form and its inferential role. He thereby shows the way to an understanding of how we express first-personal thinking. He dissolves various myths about how I refers, to the effect that it is a pure indexical. His central claim is that thekey to understanding I is that it is the same kind of expression as the other singular personal pronouns, you and he/she: a deictic term, whose reference depends on making an individual salient. He addresses epistemological questions as well as semantic questions, and shows how they interrelate.The book thus not only resolves a key issue in philosophy of language, but promises to be of great use to people working on problems in other areas of philosophy.